Amavubi head coach Vincent Mashami has admitted that the loss of Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge is a big blow for them as they prepare to take on Ivory Coast in an AFCON Group H qualifier on September 9.
The Rwanda international hurt his neck during their CAF Confederation Cup’s Group D clash between Gor and Rayon Sports on August 19 and was advised by his club doctors to take some time to recover after aggravating the injury against Algeria’s USM Alger last week.
Tuyisenge has scored 11 goals in the SportPesa Kenya Premier League and netted three times in the Caf Confederation Cup.
While speaking to Times Sport on Monday, Mashami admitted that the absence of injured Tuyisenge poses a serious setback to his side’s search for victory against Les Elephants but his presence in camp will provide a huge boost to his teammates.
“Jacques (Tuyisenge) will not be part of the squad to face Ivory Coast. However, he is set to join camp on September 5, and I hope his presence will have a great impact,” the former APR coach said.
The two teams are part of the group together with the Central African Republic (CAR) and Guinea Conakry.